Whether you’re gifting or treating yourself, plenty of local makers offer ”of-the-month” clubs you should know about. From cheese and wine to specialty jams, here are five of our favorites.
Jam of the Month
When she’s not running the show at Delish Dish, the Covington-based catering company she started in 2012, Mavis Linnemann-Clark is making jams and jellies in a French copper jam pot. The technique is traditional; the flavors are anything but: playful combinations like blueberry lime, pomegranate pinot noir, and cherry jalapeño. Club recipients get an assortment of jams guaranteed to take their toast to the next level, as well as an occasional jar of Mavis’s other concoctions, like her bourbon barrel stout syrup.
$90 for six months
Cheese and Wine Club
Stephanie and Dave Webster didn’t stop at bringing regional and domestic cheeses made by small producers to Cincinnati at their Findlay Market shop, or doing the same with organically grown wines when they took over Oakley Wines. They also deliver both to any address within the I-275 loop through their cheese and wine club, a monthly shipment of a half-pound of hand-selected cheese, one bottle of red, white, or bubbly wine, tasting notes, and pairing suggestions. A cheese-only option is also available.
Starting at $40 per month
After Deeper Roots ethically sources coffee beans from farms around the world, many of which the team personally visits, they’re locally roasted in the West End, then packaged whole or ground in biodegradable bags. A gift subscription includes two 12-ounce bags per month for the duration of your choice. With seven grind options available, from drip to French press, it’ll also win some thoughtfulness points, since you can tailor the grind precisely to someone’s morning brew.
Starting at $110 for three months
Kathleen Kern and her daughter Katherine, cofounders of Churchill’s Fine Teas, stock more than 250 teas at their Findlay Market and Rookwood Commons locations and do custom blending, so there’s no telling what will arrive in each monthly shipment. With four categories (all varieties, “purist” teas, flavored teas, and herbal teas), there’s an option for every tea drinker. Some teas are exclusively for club members, and all come with brewing instructions and info on the growing regions. Pinkies up!
Starting at $45
A subscription to Macaron Bar is about as close as you can get to sending an actual rainbow. Included with each monthly shipment are a dozen of the colorful French confections—the chicest of sandwich cookies. Founding pastry chef Nathan Sivitz’s training in Paris is apparent the second you bite in. With year-round flavors like pistachio, salted caramel, and Earl Grey tea, and seasonal flavors including s’mores, key lime pie, and peach, we wouldn’t be surprised if these lasted as briefly as a real rainbow.
Starting at $150
Plus, you can gift yourself local goods and place a household order with Local Food Connection, the Newport-based distributor chefs use to source regionally produced fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, and accoutrements.